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Random Axe – Live


Just over a week prior to this Jehst had been headlining the Jazz Cafe with a live band, yet here is again playing second fiddle to an under-appreciative crowd. Having released one of the very best records of the year back in June, you’d think playing to such an unresponsive crowd would dampen his performance, but Jehst amicably does he best to energise the gaggle of Random Axe fans who arrived early. To an extent, he has some success, and as he cuts the beat to leave the damning political musings of ‘England’ standalone, the crowd are undoubtedly hanging on to every word. While this won’t be the best gig Jehst will have played this year, it does the job and he remains first choice for rap show warm-up by some distance.

By the time Random Axe appear on stage, though, it’s very clear who this audience are here to see. Black Milk begins on the decks (where he spends most of the evening) playing through a few records, before introducing emecee’s Guilty Simpson and Sean Price, whose presence tonight lends a veteran-like professionalism to the evening. The group run through the majority of their self-titled debut album, before taking the opportunity to show off some solo material from their respective careers. While it’s Black Milk’s kick-snare assault that predictably dominates the night, there are also moments dedicated to the late J Dilla, and also Madlib as they run through cuts from Simpson’s OJ Simpson album.

It’s perhaps Sean Price, though, who is most impressive, and more of a rarity when it comes to appearances in the UK. Previews of tracks from his forthcoming album Mic Tyson show promise, and his stage presence throughout makes the room seem much smaller than it is. While Black Milk emerges from behind the turntable intermittently, the strength of Random Axe is his that all three guys play to their strengths. With Black Milk on the beats, and Simpson and Price up front, this is one supergroup that proves to be a winning combination.

Sleekly Lion

Music News

Random Axe hit London

Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut earlier this year, hip hop supergroup Random Axe will play their first UK show tonight at London’s Scala. Random Axe consists of drum loving Detroit super producer Black Milk, Stones Throw’s Guilty Simpson and Brooklyn street rapper Sean Price.

The group’s self titled album is available now, entirely produced by Black Milk, and featuring guests Danny Brown, Roc Marciano and Melanie Rutherford.

As if that wasn’t a strong enough line-up, support this evening will come from Jehst, who himself has released one of Crossfire’s favourite albums of the year with ‘Dragon of an Ordinary Family’.

Tickets for the event are still available from Ticketweb, so no excuses for missing this one.

Music News

Black Milk to work with Danny Brown

Producer and rapper Black Milk has announced that he will be working with Danny Brown on a collaborative project.

Milk, whose group Random Axe released their album this year, had worked with Danny Brown on his [Milk’s] solo album Album of the Year and they decided to make an entire album together. Speaking on the collaboration, he said:

“There’s probably going to six or seven cuts on there, just trying to keep momentum going…[‘Black and Brown’] was one of people’s favorite joints from [Album of The Year], so I was just thinking lets throw out a couple joints in an EP. Plus, we have a video coming out for ‘Black and Brown’ too.”

If you needed reminding how dope Danny Brown is too, just watch the video below.